Muscle cramps and charlie horses

Friday, June 07, 2013

I may have posted this on several sites as well because I want and need to get as much input as I can on this subject,because sometimes I feel our doctors don't do enough or act fast enough( especially if you a Vet in the V.A system) and feel the need to readdress it here in a blog.

Lately I have been getting muscle cramps, I don't mean mild ones but ones that bring you to your knees, bring tears to your eyes or make you want to amputate the appendage. Most of the severe ones happen at night while I'm in bed, These are usually in my calves, (they sometimes will happen when I stretch.) my thighs, and ankles, that one was one of the worst, I didn't think I was going to be able to straighten out my foot. the ones in my hands can happen any time, The ones in my tongue (yes I said tongue) happen mostly when I play my harp but there are other times, In my abdomen, when I am twisting like when I'm seated and bending to pick something up. and in my back. I pretty much get them everywhere and they knot up the muscle and when I do work it free it hurts for a while afterward, sometimes for days.

Anyway they are getting more frequent, tonight I couldn't play my guitar at practice because my hand cramped so bad. Very depressing and I'm scared. One of my biggest fears is to end up like this guy I was in the hospital with back in the 70's. His whole body was knotted up from cramps it was permanent and he had to be hooked up to this machine that sent electric current through his muscles for relief. I've always worried about this. And I've told my wife if I end up this way she needs to figure out a way to kill me because I do not want to live like that.

My wife heard something about cold laser therapy and thinks I should look into it. Has anyone here tried it?

Please let me know if any of you are experiencing this.

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    Wow, Rick. With all your other problems and now this. I can't imagine what you're going through. My DH gets horrible cramps in his thighs, usually after being on ladders or working HARD all day. (I just realized that he didn't have any while on vacation). He probably wouldn't try the mustard as he doesn't eat any sauces or condiments. Hope you get some relief soon.

    Hugs, Donna
    2886 days ago
    emoticon Like the mustard idea and will definitely try that it is an easy quick fix if it works
    Thanks for the suggestion MOM4407
    My cramps are in the front of my thighs and particularly if I sit too long or at nighttime
    One day at a time

    2893 days ago
    Thank you for the advice and comments and prayers. I have seen a Dr about them, My potassium is checked regularly because I once had a problem of too much potassium and it almost killed me so it is monitored every 6 weeks. Someone mentioned magnesium, I will have to check that out. I like the mustard idea, I'm going to try it the next time my hand cramps. If it works I'll start keeping mustard packs in my guitar case.
    My next Dr. visit I'm going to talk to my Dr. about Cold laser therapy. emoticon
    2896 days ago
    Rick...My poor husband goes through this same thing constantly and has yet to get help from any doctor he has ever seen and there has been a lot of them.
    I will pray for you. If you find anything that does help please, share with me for my husband. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2896 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/7/2013 5:40:10 PM
    Rick, I sometimes have muscle cramps. They say magnesium helps. Also your potassium needs to be sufficient.
    Now I used to get Spasms in my back and it sounds like you might have spasms which is far worse. I finally had to use a back support and take pain pills. Of course yours is all over your body. You might look up magnesium and potassium and if you haven't been tested on the potassium they usually don't do it unless you ask them to.
    Are you on diuretics?
    I will put you on my prayer list as we both know that prayer does work. In fact God miraculously healed my back when I first received Him into my life.
    2897 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/7/2013 6:01:43 AM
  • MOM4407BECKY
    Rick I do not know if this will help but it helped me. A coach told me that for the football players who had muscle cramps they had them eat yellow mustard. Just a tablespoon. It works for me. I do not know if it will help with the fingers or tongue????

    Becky your TOPS Friend
    2897 days ago
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